The 2010 NBA free agencies have basketball fanatics drooling and spinning over the potential changes that will shape the coming season.
Everyone knows the big names up for grabs [insert LeBron James, Dwayne Wayde and Chris Bosh quip here], but let's take a minute to identify the top role players that will help shape the teams for which these stars will play.
I'll start with the point guards.
Although 2009 was a great year for picking up point guards in the off season, 2010 is vastly different—there is a laundry list of available players, but only a few who are any good.
The following is a list of the top point guards available in free agency this year.
Former Team: Charlotte Bobcats
Weight: 198 pounds
College: North Carolina
2009-10 Stats: 12.1 points, 5.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game
Raymond Felton is an unrestricted free agent—many teams may have the opportunity to offer the Bobcat a deal Charlotte can't match.
The two most feasible options for Felton are the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat.
Many people believe Felton will go to the Knicks, provided LeBron James and Dwayne Wade end up somewhere other than New York.
Felton is no star, but he is a decent player—the Heat would benefit from the addition, as Dwayne Wade and Carlos Arroyo are likely on their way out of Florida.
Prediction: No LeBron—Felton to New York; LeBron to New York—Felton to Miami.
Former Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Weight: 175 pounds
2009-10 Stats: 10.4 points, four assists and 0.7 steals per game
Luke Ridnour is, like Felton, good but not great. For the Bucks, he was a decent backup to a productive Brandon Jennings—Milwaukee will likely try to keep him in the same role.
Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks
Former Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Weight: 210 pounds
College: Arkansas-Little Rock
2009-10 Stats: 7.5 points, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game
Derek Fisher is a champion, but he's getting old and getting expensive. The Lakers may sign the Los Angeles Clippers' guard Steve Blake, who would provide the Lakers with insurance should Fisher leave.
Fisher may go the Miami Heat or Cleveland Cavaliers, two teams whose stars are on the verge of leaving.
Predictions: Lakers, Heat
Former Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Weight: 172 pounds
2009-10 Stats: 7.3 points, 4.8 assists and 0.7 steals per game
Steve Blake may be the Lakers' replacement for Derek Fisher—he may not be any better than the veteran, but he may be cheaper.
Former Team: Boston Celtics
Weight: 180 pounds
2009-10 Stats: 10.1 points, 2.9 assists and 0.9 steals per game
Nate Robinson was not nearly as good as Celtics starter Rajon Rondo last season, but he is still one of the better point guards available for signing.
Robinson was a great bench player for the Celtics—he certainly helped them earn their appearance at the NBA Finals. Therefore, the Celtics have no reason not to re-sign him.